Barbie is fashion’s new muse. Pink, in every shade you can imagine, is the hottest shade of the summer, and if there was ever a colour to make you feel fabulously frivolous, this is it. Go girlie and frou frou with ruffles and frills à la McQueen, Isabel Marant, and Molly Goddard or adopt a cooler vibe, as seen at Valentino and Prada with oversized suiting and tailored separates that take the girlie edge off. Wear top-to-toe for the most impactful take or take your cues from Chanel, pairing it with classic black. Clash it with a classic red lip, and you’re set for an unashamedly awesome daytime outfit.
By Far Heels
Tiffany Peony Grained Leather, PRP AED 1800, available at byfar.com
Poplin Shirt, PRP AED 115, available at cathkidston.com
Slip skirt, PRP AED 139, available at hm.com
So partying isn’t really on the agenda right now – or anytime soon. But there’s nothing like a little sparkle to cheer up your look, regardless of whether you’re working from home or having an impromptu kitchen dance-off as you cook dinner. At virtual fashion weeks in all four capitals, the new season’s crop of sparkly numbers nodded towards relaxed glamour with a distinct theme of wear-at-home-now, rewear-to-the-biggest-party-on-the-planet-once-the-pandemic-finally-ends. Celine offset red carpet-perfect sequins with a baseball cap and sneakers, Louis Vuitton and Paco Rabanne paired their sequins with basic T-shirts while, at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing’s high-octane sequin gowns were worn barefoot – just the thing to slip on whilst you hoover the living room with a party playlist blasting at top volume.
ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN SKIRT
London Sequined Miniskirt, PRP AED 702.55, available at mytheresa.com
PACO RABANNE TOP
Sequinned Chainmail Top, PRP AED 1605, available at matchesfashion.com
VERONICA BEARD TROUSERS
Kessie Sequined Tulle Slim-leg Pants, PRP AED 2353.84, available at net-a-porter.com
Skinny jeans will forever be a part of a well-dressed woman’s style arsenal, regardless of what those millennials on TikTok claim. But if the thought of tight denim (or anything tight, for that matter) leaves you cold, embrace the season’s love for wide-legged, high-waisted trousers and jeans with gusto. Super-flattering and a great way to transition from athleisure to real clothes, wear with a sleek top that tucks into the waistband and block-heeled sandals for a modern silhouette that looks gloriously chic and is supremely comfortable.
Liezl High Waisted Pants In White, PRP AED 1913, available at bouguessa.com
Flowy Printed Trousers, PRP AED 199, available at mango.com
Wide Leg Trousers, PRP AED 289, available at zara.com
When there’s so much going on to tax your grey cells, easy fashion is a no-brainer style decision that couldn’t be more welcomed. The simplest fashion equation there? Black + white = instant chic. Take your cues from sustainably focused design goddess Gabriela Hearst’s no-fuss eveningwear that’s so elegant it hurts, Chanel’s crisp and contemporary layering, or Dolce & Gabbana’s checkerboard patchwork dresses that utilised fabrics from previous collections – smart, sustainable, stylish.
Printed Draped Dress, PRP AED 369, available at zara.com
Zygo Satin-trimmed Two-tone Patent-leather Mules, PRP AED 1196, available at theoutnet.com
Polka-dot Print Jumpsuit, PRP AED 269, available at mango.com
TO THE MAX(I)
A maxi dress is a fashion must-have in the Middle East and, luckily for us, the catwalks fell in love with them all over again this season. As seen at Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Erdem, and Michael Kors, a floaty and floor-swishing maxi in delicate chiffon or timeless broderie anglaise never fails to bewitch. Oh, and while they may not be wafting around some Greek island paradise this summer, a dreamy dress that looks just as glorious in the garden as it will when you finally jet off in the coming months/years/whenever is a piece you can’t be without.
LUG VON SIGA DRESS
Elisa Shirred Floral-print Cotton-poplin Dress, PRP AED 2105, available at matchesfashion.com
H&M MAXI DRESS
Long Lyocell-blend Dress, PRP AED 219, available at hm.com
Y.A.S MAXI DRESS
Yaselvira Belt Maxi Dress, PRP AED 425, available at ounass.ae